Will Anyone Else Be Charged in Nassar Sexual Abuse Case?

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Sports doctor Larry Nassar will be in prison for the rest of his life for molesting scores of young female athletes, but the scandal is far from over at Michigan State University as victims, lawmakers, and a judge demand to know why he wasn’t stopped years ago, the Associated Press reports. Some liken Michigan State to Penn State University, where three senior officials, including the school’s president, were sentenced to prison,  for failing to tell authorities about a sexual abuse allegation involving coach Jerry Sandusky. Some of the more than 150 women and girls who have accused Nassar said they complained to the sports medicine staff, a campus counselor, and the women’s gymnastics coach as far back as the late 1990s. In Michigan, it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine for certain professionals to fail to report a suspected case of child abuse. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Saturday that a special independent prosecutor, former Kent County prosecutor Bill Forsyth, will lead an investigation, the Detroit News reports.

Sentencing Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina called for “a massive investigation as to why there was inaction, why there was silence.” Jennifer Paine, a Michigan lawyer who specializes in child protection law, said there probably are grounds for charging some Michigan State staff members for failing to report what victims were saying. “The obligation to report doesn’t mean anything unless people enforce. That’s why it’s there,” she said. No one has been charged in the scandal besides Nassar. In Texas, the Walker County sheriff’s office  is investigating the Karolyi Ranch, which was a training site for Olympic gymnasts. Some gymnasts said Nassar assaulted them there.

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